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    Healing from Trauma

    Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster.

    While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed.

    In these circumstances, the support, guidance, and assistance of a therapist are fundamental to healing from trauma.

    Trauma Symptoms

    According to the four types of symptoms listed in the DSM-5

    Avoidance Symptoms

    Avoiding specific locations, sights, situations, and sounds that serve as reminders of the event

    Anxiety, depression, numbness, or guilt

    Re-experiencing Symptoms

    Intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks

    Hyperarousal Symptoms

    Anger, irritability, and hypervigilance

    Aggressive, reckless behavior, including self-harm

    Sleep disturbances

    Negative Mood and Cognition Symptoms

    Loss of interest in activities that were once considered enjoyable

    Difficulty remembering details of the distressing event

    Change in habits or behavior since the trauma

    Research has proven psychotherapy to be the most effective form of treatment for trauma. Most commonly, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are used in treating trauma.

    If you or someone you know matches the trauma symptoms listed above, I am confident that I can help and invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.

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